OpenStack establishes interoperability initiative to lower complexity

OpenStack-powered initiative aims to reduce the complexity involved in bridging private and public cloud services

The OpenStack Summit in Vancouver has kicked off with the announcement of an initiative that aims to reduce the complexity involved in bridging private and public cloud services, to promote interoperability.

Speaking during a keynote at the summit, OpenStack Foundation executive director Jonathan Bryce said the programme would enable traditional organisations to compete by improving the productivity of their developers.

"We are rolling out common code and common APIs [appliation programming interfaces], which will be available in every OpenStack implementation," he said.

Service providers are being encouraged to incorporate the APIs in their cloud services through the programme. 

According to Bryce, the initiative will offer a global footprint of interoperable clouds, with OpenStack-powered cloud services simpler for businesses to integrate.

Red Hat, Ubuntu and VMware are among the companies with products certified with the OpenStack-powered logo.

"You can count on this as a solid foundation to build your application," said Bryce.

OpenStack Kilo

It was also announced at the summit that 31 OpenStack cloud providers have committed to support the new federated identity feature available in OpenStack Kilo, which is due by the end of 2015.

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One organisation that has begun using federated identify management in OpenStack is TV post-production company DigitalFilm Tree. The firm has used cloud-based workflow powered by OpenStack to move large media files across the internet during the editing of TV show UnReal.

Instead of couriering 4k video files, footage shot in Vancouver for the show was uploaded into the cloud and downloaded for editing at DigitalFilm in Los Angeles.

Speaking at the keynote, DigitalFilm Tree chief technology officer Guillaume Aubuchon said: "We have three challenges. We have multiple regions and multiple clouds, and not everyone is everywhere." 

People involved in the making of the show were provided access to the edited footage via Critique, a smartphone app by DigitalFilm Tree. The app works with OpenStack’s federated identity management to authenticate users across BlueBox's private cloud and HP's public cloud infrastructures used by the company.

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